Thunder Bay

11th anonymous threat prompts hold and secure at Hammarskjold High School

Students at Hammarskjold High School will once again be going home for the day as the Thunder Bay Police Service received another anonymous threat on Thursday.

The parent information session, scheduled for Thursday night, has been cancelled

A hold and secure was put in place at Hammarskjold High School on Thursday after the Thunder Bay Police Service received another anonymous threat. (Gord Ellis/ CBC)

Students at Hammarskjold High School will once again be going home for the day as the Thunder Bay Police Service received another anonymous threat on Thursday.

According to the school board's communication director, the north-side secondary school is under hold and secure procedure until transportation arrangements are made for students, at which time, the school will be closed for the rest of the day.

This is the eleventh anonymous threat against Hammarskjold High School in about two months.

As a result of Thursday's threat, St. Pius X Elementary School has also been placed in hold and secure.

That protocol was lifted at around 2:26 p.m. on Thursday, according to a written release from the Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board.

Lakehead Public Schools was expected to host a meeting, scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. in Hammarskjold's gym on Thursday night, about the ongoing threats.

On Thursday afternoon, school board officials released a written statement saying that they have cancelled the parent information session "based on the information regarding threats to Hammarskjold High School."

"There were discussions about an alternate location but due to logistics involved in setting up an alternate location or multiple alternate locations, it just wasn't feasible," said Lakehead Public School Board communications officer Bruce Nugent.

Anonymous threats closed Hammarskjold on Feb. 22, Feb.28, March 27, March 29, April 2, April 5, April 8, April 9 and April 11. A threat on April 4 restricted access to the school for about two hours, while on Feb. 13, officials also locked the high school down for about half a day.

"We're extremely frustrated. We're extremely fed-up," Nugent added, "and we were looking forward to this evening to talk to parents and guardians and have an opportunity to answer their questions ... but obviously events that occurred today aren't going to allow us to do that."

He said school board officials are looking to set up another meeting in the future.